College football rankings: Week 4, 2020

By Kevin Kelley -

College football rankings for week 4 of the 2020 season have been released. Clemson remains the top-ranked team, while Marshall entered the AP Poll.

Clemson, which defeated The Citadel 49-0, remains atop both the AP and Coaches polls. The Tigers received 59 of the 61 first-place votes in the AP Poll and 44 of the 48 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.

Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia round out the top four in both polls. Florida is fifth in the AP and sixth in the Coaches, while LSU is fifth in the Coaches and sixth in the AP.

Teams that are not playing this fall, or at least yet, were not included in the AP Poll. Big Ten teams, which return to action on October 24, were voted back into the Coaches Poll this week.

Appalachian State dropped from both polls, while Louisville, Kentucky, Baylor, and Army dropped from the Coaches Poll after the Big Ten teams were added back.

Below are the full AP and FBS Coaches polls for Week 4 of the 2020 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

AP Poll – Week 4

1. Clemson (59)
2. Alabama (1)
3. Oklahoma
4. Georgia
5. Florida
6. LSU (1)
7. Notre Dame
8. Texas
8. Auburn
10. Texas A&M
11. North Carolina
12. Miami FL
13. UCF
14. Cincinnati
15. Oklahoma State
16. Tennessee
17. Memphis
18. BYU
19. Louisiana
20. Virginia Tech
21. Pitt
22. Army
23. Kentucky
24. Louisville
25. Marshall

Others receiving votes: Baylor 89, West Virginia 59, SMU 57, TCU 30, Virginia 30, Boston College 23, Arkansas State 20, Mississippi State 6, UAB 5, Texas Tech 5, Ole Miss 4, Appalachian State 3, UTSA 2, Troy 1, Coastal Carolina 1

Dropped from rankings: Appalachian State 23

FBS Coaches Poll – Week 4

1. Clemson (44)
2. Alabama (1)
3. Oklahoma
3. Georgia
5. LSU (1)
6. Florida
7. Notre Dame
8. Auburn
9. Texas
10. Ohio State (2)
11. Texas A&M
12. North Carolina
13. Penn State
14. Miami
15. UCF
16. Cincinnati
17. Wisconsin
18. Oklahoma State
19. Michigan
20. Memphis
21 Tennessee
22. Minnesota
23. BYU
24. Virginia Tech
25. Louisiana

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 146, Pittsburgh 140, Army 121, Baylor 57, Louisville 53, Southern Methodist 42, West Virginia 41, Marshall 40, Iowa 39, Texas Christian 26, Virginia 24, South Carolina 22, Boston College 20, Appalachian State 12, Mississippi 10, Mississippi State 7, Arkansas St. 6, NC State 5, Nebraska 4, Georgia Tech 4, Coastal Carolina 4, Air Force 3, Louisiana Tech 2

Dropped from rankings: No. 16 Louisville, No. 20 Kentucky, No. 23 Appalachian State, No. 24 Baylor, No. 25 Army

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Comments (9)

Presumably because they’ll be in play within a month. One could ask why the SEC is ranked when they aren’t playing yet until this Saturday…

Good question. The way I look at it is this season is just going to be a little different. Ok, actually a lot different.

Teams get votes, so they’re ranked… although B1G ended last season with a whopping 7 teams ranked… so expect those teams to knock 5 – 7 other teams out of Top 25 when play resumes…